There’s no doubt about it, the King of Scotland is scotch. But don’t expect that every time you walk into a pub along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, that everyone is downing scotch and eating haggis. In fact, you’ll see more people tipping pints of ale than drams of scotch in most Edinburgh watering holes. By volume, more beer is consumed in Edinburgh than scotch (an easy stat for my cause considering whisky is taken by the ounce and beer by the Imperial pint).
Beer has been brewed in Scotland for about 5,000 years. It significantly predates whisky, and actually gave way to Scotch (which is basically distilled beer). Edinburgh currently has 10 breweries including Heineken UK and the infamous BrewDog (known for their record setting, high ABV beers). The city is also home to the Scottish Real Ale Festival and hundreds of pubs. Plus, the Imperial pint is larger than a US pint, so you get more bang for your pound!